If you’re a fan of the television series Sex and the City, you may have witnessed the effects brought on by the terrible chemical peel Samantha had received. However, technology and practices have changed since the airing of the episode starring the red, splotchy-faced blonde. Today, you can step away from work on your lunch break and return to work minutes later with beautiful skin without any associated pain, redness, or flaky skin.
Since chemical peels are a relatively new skin care treatment, many individuals lack knowledge about what this procedure entails. Some may hear the word “chemical,” and fear the worst, whereas others may be confused about the benefits of having an in-office chemical peel versus an at-home treatment.
Here are answers to the top three questions many have about chemical peels.
Question: What are chemical peels?
Chemical peels are treatments you can undergo for certain facial skin conditions, such as sun damage, facial blemishes, fine lines, wrinkles, superficial scarring, acne, and uneven skin pigmentation. Superficial peels are not associated with pain and redness.
Question: What’s the difference between superficial peels and those associated with redness and shedding?
There are three depths of chemical peels. Superficial peels are composed of glycolic or salicylic acids, and commonly target the very top layers of the skin. Medium-depth peels target a deeper layer of the epidermis, along with the top layers that are treated by superficial peels. These peels consist of Trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and consist of a combination of glycolic acid and solid carbon dioxide with TCA. Another typical combination of chemicals for a medium-depth peel is the Jessner’s solution, which is similar in strength to the glycolic acid treatment.
Deep peels target the deeper layers of the skin and can treat moderate to severe photo-aging and wrinkles. The most common ingredient in deep peels is phenol. These peels are often associated with a longer recovery time, and are usually performed by a physician.
Question: Are chemical peels safe?
Yes, chemical peels are safe. If you’re interested in undergoing a chemical peel, keep in mind that medical procedures such as these should be performed by a professional aesthetician. Additionally, speak with your cosmetic surgeon or aesthetician about any concerns you may have, factors that need to be taken into consideration, and about the amount of time it will take to recover from the procedure.
Are you interested in having chemical peel treatment to enhance the beauty of your skin and face? Request a consultation with Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for achieving beautiful skin.